—Peter J. Spiro
The unexpected result in the British referendum hit the news like a thunderclap. As the financial markets tumble, few will escape Brexit’s consequences. But none will feel Brexit more than those whose employment and residential security have been contingent on the UK’s continued EU membership. An estimated 3 million citizens of other EU member states live in the UK. Meanwhile, 1.3 million Brits live in other EU member states.
—Peter J. Spiro
—Jill A. McCorkel
Season three of Orange is the New Black introduced us to a new character, one that you won’t find on listed among the show’s cast or analyzed in any detail on the many blogs devoted to the series. The character in question is Management & Correction Corporation (MCC), the private corporation that receives a contract from the feds to take over day-to-day operations of Litchfield prison.
Wrapping my head and heart around the murder of 49 queer people while they were dancing in a gay bar in Orlando, beneath the familiar numb feeling accompanying another story of loss, horror, and violence, is survivor’s guilt. I feel an enormous teary affection for all us struggling to digest the consequences of so many queer lives lost in the very place that is supposed to be our haven, and by someone who, had he allowed it, might so easily have been one of us.
National parks provide nature in its full glory and reality, but they do so while providing a measure of security and comfort that visitors would not naturally encounter without the institution. Such a paradox is not a logical impossibility, but an operation and a strategy. And as much as that sounds like a game, the stakes can be as real as the ground under foot.
—Linda C. Fentiman
The recent public excoriation of the mother whose three-year-old son slipped through a barrier at the Cincinnati Zoo and fell into a gorilla enclosure is striking, but not surprising. There is a widespread tendency to blame parents—and especially mothers—whenever a child’s health or well-being is endangered.
—Tracy A. Thomas
The U.S. Treasury Department announced a newly-designed $10 bill featuring five women’s suffrage leaders on the back. Elizabeth Cady Stanton stands out from this respectable group as the leading philosopher and advocate of the nineteenth-century women’s rights movement.
On May 3rd, we chatted with Carl Zimring about environmental racism. Here’s a recap of our conversation!
Forget what you’ve heard about youth being ignorant and apathetic about American politics. Young people are tapping into a broad range of different platforms and practices, seeking change “by any media necessary.”